UN appoints senior official at its Nepal mission

April 4th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by admin  


Kathmandu, April 4 (IANS) With less than a week left for Nepal’s crucial constituent assembly election, the UN has appointed a senior official for its mission in the Himalayan nation. The UN office is mandated to supervise the arms and combatants of the Maoists and create a conducive environment for free and fair polls.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Aracelly Santana his deputy special representative for Nepal and deputy head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

The Secretary-general’s special representative Ian Martin heads UNMIN.

The 62-year-old Santana, currently UNMIN chief of staff, replaces Tamrat Samuel and will assume her new post April 21.

UNMIN’s tenure in Nepal ends in June.

Santana, a UN veteran, served with the Centre against Apartheid, where she organised two missions of the Secretary-General to South Africa in the lead-up to the negotiations that ended apartheid.

Since the ’90s, her functions focused on electoral matters and she served as officer-in-charge and deputy director of the Electoral Assistance Division until September 2007.

In addition, she has undertaken several political postings in the Balkans, notably as Chief of Staff for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

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